In their joint project, two Brno-based collectives, AVA and Move the City, aim to overcome the conventional, serialised experience in which the villa is presented in the established architectural and art history canon.


To do so, they employ introspective sound and movement practices of attentional change that lead to a deepened perception of space without a straightforward visual or aesthetic connection to the villa. Their approach is based in particular on techniques of active listening (deep listening) and authentic movement.

The exhibition is the result of sound and movement research that explores the dialectics of the individual’s inner psychological state and their interaction with the external stimuli of a space. The former involved active listening to the space of the villa and the collection of field recordings of the ‘everyday mode of the villa’, including sound interventions reflecting its spatial and material qualities. The second strand of the project involved movement sessions guided by the method of authentic movement with eyes closed and with a witness – either during routine tours or in the empty space of the villa. Architecture in this concept is not a source of direct inspiration for movement, nor a stage for performance, but an environment with certain characteristics where movement and the introspective and meditative experience associated with it take place.

The public now has the opportunity to experience this altered perception – these ruptures in everyday experience – vicariously through a film collage and four separate sound circuits. The aim is to create methods of being present in an urban and architectural space that can inspire everyone, without distinction. 

Martin Bukáček, Petra Hlaváčková

More information about the project HERE.

31 August 2021, 6:00 p.m. exhibition opening with a sound performance by AVA collective
1 September – 26 September 2021 exhibition of the results of sound and movement research on the technical floor of Villa Tugendhat (open Tue–Sun 10:00–17:30 for 50 CZK)

Authors of the concept and production of exhibitions: Barbora Benčíková, Ludmila Haasová, Neli Hejkalová, Lucie Valdhansová (Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre)
Curator: Neli Hejkalová
Graphic design: Atelier Zidlicky
Project photographer: Mizuki Nakeshu

The exhibition was prepared by the Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre and was realized with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.